The NCAA Division I council voted on Wednesday to kick off the 2020-2021 college basketball season on Nov. 25, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander provided more details on the upcoming season:
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@CBSSports More, sources say: —NCAA voted to continue recruiting dead / banned tours until January 1. “No scrums or shows at all this season. – Regular season capacity reduced by four games – Teams can start training up to 12 hours per week starting September 21
The season was originally scheduled to start on November 10, but has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With the start date reportedly finalized, there are key questions to be answered as the sport tries to bounce back after the NCAA 2020 tournament was canceled in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two Power Five conferences that have delayed their football seasons, the Pac-12 and Big Ten, did not commit to starting basketball on time. According to ESPN’s Myron Medcalf, major conference schools may struggle to ensure their financial viability without games against top opponents.
A non-Power Five school coach told Medcalf it would be “impossible” to schedule and play basketball season right now due to financial issues.
The uncertainty with the Pac-12 and the Big Ten, combined with questions about conferences outside of the Power Five – which make up the majority of Division I’s more than 350 basketball programs – will need to be resolved over the next two months.
If the season goes ahead as planned, Rothstein reported that there are eight start-of-season tournaments scheduled for Orlando, Fla. (H / t Sports Affairs Journal). This will provide teams with a bubble atmosphere that the NBA, WNBA, and NHL have successfully used to play in the midst of the pandemic.
How many games each team will play – the typical number is around 30 for the regular season – and whether fans will be allowed to attend are among the other issues that will depend on how quickly a team’s conference can start and of local COVID – 19 guidelines in place.
In August, longtime Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski highlighted the importance of Big Dance during an appearance on ESPN Radio. Keyshawn, JWill et Zubin.
“We’re the thing the NCAA is most concerned about because men’s college basketball and the tournament pay for something like… it produces 98% or more of the money for the NCAA. We have to organize the tournament. We can ‘Don’t have it where two years in a row you don’t have the NCAA tournament. ”
Krzyzewski and his fellow ACC coaches have offered an all-inclusive edition of March Madness, allowing all eligible DI programs to participate in the event, but NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt has stated that this was not an idea currently under consideration.
Wednesday’s vote is the first step towards the return of college basketball, but there are still plenty of hurdles to overcome before it begins.